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Racing Traits

There are many different traits that impact how a horse trains and/or races. Some of the most important traits, such as Peak, Prime, Morale, Energy, and Condition, are covered in more detail on other pages in this guide. However, this page provides a brief overview of all the traits you need to know about.
Energy Managing energy is an essential part of keeping a horse training and racing at their best. Horses use energy when training and, more importantly, racing. Horses recover energy at each meet's rollover. The rate at which they lose and gain energy is impacted by condition and athleticism.
Condition Condition is nearly as important as energy, as high condition is important for training and racing. Condition is also important in breeding horses, as mares with low condition will likely have high pregnancy risk and stallions with low condition may throw genetic defects. Condition is gained primarily by exercising but also by racing.
Peak When a horse is "at their peak", they are considered to be performing at their best. Horses with low peak (whether not yet at peak or past their prime) will perform significantly worse in races. The most ideal time to race a horse is when they are at peak so that you can make the most out of their racing career. Horses will peak at different ages depending upon their unique genetics.
Prime Once a horse is at their peak, they begin using their prime. Prime determines how long a horse stays at peak. The amount of prime a horse has is determined by their unique genetics. High prime is generally preferred, as it makes it easier to manage a horse through a long and successful racing career.
Morale Morale is equally important to peak when it comes to training and racing successfully. A horse with low morale has little motivation to run and will perform very poorly in races. Morale can be increased by feeding Focus, training and racing. Current morale will fluctuate based on various factors involved in training and racing. Temperament will also influence how easily a horse maintains high morale.
Experience Experience helps horses perform better in races, though it is not as critical as traits such as peak and morale. Experience is most important ins Stellar and series races. A horse can gain experience by performing buddy workouts and racing successfully.
Courage Courage is how much desire a horse has to win. Though it matters in all races, courage is most important when a horse is facing larger fields. A horse has a maximum amount of courage determined by a random Heart trait. Training, primarily trail rides, will help a horse raise their courage up to their maximum.
Consistency Consistency determines how consistently a horse races. A horse with higher consistency will race at their best more often, while a horse with lower consistency may see fluctuating Performance Ratings. A horse has a maximum consistency determined by Temperament genes. Training of all types can help a horse raise their consistency up to their maximum.
Maturity Maturity is how physically developed a horse is. A horse should not enter heavy training or racing until they are mature enough to handle the wear and tear on their body. Training or racing a horse with low maturity can cause developmental problems that can increase risk. How quickly a horse develops (matures) is determined by their Development genes. You can expect horses to reach full (100%) maturity as follows: Outstanding - 12 months, Excellent - 16 months, Good - 22 months, Fair - 30 months, Poor - 50 months.
Longevity Longevity is a measure of how many races a horses can run before they start losing soundness. This amount can vary widely from as few as 5 races to 30 or more races. The amount of longevity a horse is born with is determined by Health genes. Longevity is often used as a measure of when to retire a horse and a horse cannot retire until they have 10 or less races left. (However, it does not hurt to use up all their available races or even dip into soundness a bit.)
Soundness Soundness is, essentially, how healthy a horse is. Racing is a strenuous activity and will eventually wear a horse down. Once a horse is out of longevity, their soundness will begin to decline. Horses will also lose soundness if they suffer major injuries. Soundness does not drastically impact a horse's racing ability, but does impact their likelihood of being injured in races.
Athleticism Athleticism works hand in hand with energy. It determines how much energy horses use when training and racing as well as how quickly they regenerate energy at rollovers. Horses with high athleticism can race more often (usually monthly), while horses with low athleticism may only be able to race every-other month. Athleticism is a gene that can only be viewed with Forever Pro, however, you can estimate a horse's athleticism by keeping track of how much energy they use when racing and/or training. In addition, performing long gallops with your horse has a chance to increase their athleticism.
Pace Preference All horses have base stats and a racing style. The racing styles of horses in a race determine the pace of the race. A pace preference determines what type of pace a horse will benefit most from. This trait is determined by a horse's Late Speed and Early Speed stats. A horse with higher Late Speed will benefit from a fast pace, while a horse with higher Early Speed will benefit from a slow pace. Horses with equal stats will have no pace preference.
Mud Tolerance Mud tolerance is a non-hereditary trait that determines how well a horse races on wet tracks. A horse with high mud tolerance may run better than normal when entered on a sloppy track, while horses with low mud tolerance may run very poorly on wet tracks. Horses with low mud tolerance are also more likely to be injured when running on muddy tracks.
Favorite Distance Every horse has a favorite distance. This is the distance at which they perform their best and is determined by their distance genes. In addition to a horse's specific favorite distance, they will also perform better at the 1-2 distances adjoining their favorite distance. If you know a horse's favorite distance, it is wise to train them so that it is in the middle of their 3-distance range.
Colt Composure
& Filly Power
Colt Composure and Filly Power are non-hereditary traits that determine how well horses perform in races with the opposite gender. It is easy to avoid racing a filly against colts, since there are "filly only" races. However, if you have a horse with high FP, you may benefit from entering a filly in open races. CC and FP both have the potential to be improved by doing Long Gallops during off-season.
Risk Risk, which is covered in more detail in the Injuries section, determines how likely a horse is to be injured in a race. A horse's starting risk is impacted loosely by Conformation genes. However, risk can increase or decrease based upon how a horse is trained and/or raced.

Sunday, 07:56pm
October (Meet A)
Year 43

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Gold Cup
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Wednesday (12:00pm)

Meet Ends
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Making Magic
Issa (#1)
Yesterday at 11:06 am
You may now add colts of any age to your favorite studs list.
Issa (#1)
01/09/21 1:24 pm
Hype no longer reduces Rest.
Issa (#1)
01/08/21 8:29 pm
Bonuses/penalties for early/late entry have been removed. You may now enter on whatever day suits your schedule without suffering consequences!
Issa (#1)
12/15/20 8:58 pm
Series race pools will not run until 10:00pm tomorrow night. Meet A will still be running as scheduled otherwise.
Issa (#1)
12/06/20 8:07 pm
Training and entering are down for maintenance.
Issa (#1)
11/29/20 4:20 pm
We're ringing in some holiday cheer with a new contest! More details can be found on the forum.
Issa (#1)
11/27/20 4:01 pm
MII qualifications have been adjusted.
Issa (#1)
11/21/20 11:54 pm
Seeing as a lot of people are still trying to finish up barns, rollover is being postponed by 1 hour and will start at 2:00am. The site will be down an extra hour, until 4:00am.
Issa (#1)
11/19/20 3:17 pm
Performance Distinction now rewards Legacy, but no longer adds an extra foal slot to males.
Issa (#1)
11/19/20 1:55 pm
Legacy now always adds 3 slots, up to a maximum of 25 foal slots for stallions. Victor's Blade now always adds 5 slots, up to a maximum of 30 foal slots.
Issa (#1)
11/19/20 1:27 pm
The durability of Happyball and Slurpit has been reduced to 3 months.
Issa (#1)
11/14/20 9:38 am
Words of wisdom: As always, I suggest not getting too far into matching until the dust settles! (Or be prepared to make a few changes if needed.)
Issa (#1)
11/13/20 9:20 pm
Horse Trader prices have been reduced. The HT also stocks 2yo Thoroughbreds again.
Issa (#1)
11/13/20 1:28 pm
Race entering will be unavailable after January rollover.
Issa (#1)
11/12/20 6:12 pm
The Exercise page will be closed for maintenance after the January rollover. We do not yet have an ETA for when it will reopen.
Issa (#1)
11/02/20 5:10 pm
Problems with WCF qualifications have been resolved. Unqualified horses which had already entered the races have been scratched.
Issa (#1)
11/01/20 12:29 pm
Mares who do not receive their second checkup will no longer miscarry at the yearly rollover. Instead, their foals will be more likely to suffer from genetic defects.
Issa (#1)
10/29/20 3:24 pm
Does your horse dream of being a unicorn? Or maybe they're prowling for their purrever pride? Either way, we've got you covered! Trot on over to check out the two newest new backgrounds: Boonicorn and Rainboo Purrade! You can buy them as singles, infinites, or in the Rainboos & Boonicorns infinite bundle!
Issa (#1)
10/27/20 8:08 pm
Hearthstones are now functional!
Issa (#1)
10/26/20 7:08 pm
Trophies have been awarded for all series races from (at least) Y40 to present. This includes: individual CC races, individual TT races, MSF, ES, ISHC, BF/IF, and IQ.
Issa (#1)
10/26/20 1:52 pm
If you had one of the Horse Trader horses that was removed due to a bug this morning, post in the Modbox with the total amount spent and number of Trader Tickets used.
Issa (#1)
10/25/20 10:08 pm
Two new spooky backgrounds are available in the Pro Shop! Boo Sheet and Once In A Boo Moon are two variations of the same background. (One with a costume for your horse; one without!) If you want both you can purchase them in the Dejaboo bundle. (Forewarning: There may also be another background coming soon.)
Issa (#1)
10/25/20 3:40 pm
Yearling buddies who are not fed and trained will not provide assigned yearlings any benefits.
Issa (#1)
10/25/20 3:40 pm
Horses who are not fed will lose Energy at rollover.
Issa (#1)
10/24/20 7:13 pm
Crystal Chalices are now functional!
Issa (#1)
10/24/20 5:01 pm
Pastured mares now have reduced miscarriage and stillborn chances in the year they return from pasture.
Issa (#1)
10/24/20 3:39 pm
You may now extend pasture from the main page of any horse who is currently on pasture.
Issa (#1)
10/24/20 1:49 pm
Stallions have a new SIP icon for 'Sophomore' stallions with less than 10 foals who haven't earned SIP.
Issa (#1)
10/24/20 12:34 pm
The item stock at the Golden Apple Orchard has been updated!
Issa (#1)
10/24/20 12:33 pm
The Golden Apple Orchard is now accepting fillies and mares as low as 20 potential (with Business skill). Additionally, trading in fillies/mares currently rewards bonus Golden Apples as well as a Breeding Pass and Vigor.
Issa (#1)
10/24/20 11:34 am
Bronze SIP requirements have been reduced to 30 AFP with less than 10 foals and 28 AFP with 10 or more foals. All non-SIP studs are now eligible to test again.
Issa (#1)
10/23/20 8:36 pm
Stallions may now be listed for Y43 stud. Beginning this breeding season, you must pay a listing fee to stand them publicly. You can find more details about listing fees in the Handbook.
Issa (#1)
10/23/20 4:13 pm
SIP upgrading has been updated. Goldbloods have the same requirements as all other breeds. Bronze now requires 2 MII mares and Silver requires 3 MII mares.
Issa (#1)
10/23/20 2:03 pm
Tournaround Medallion has a new use! It will now improve a horse's Steeplechase stat genes, making them a minimum of average quality. Each item may now only be used once.
Issa (#1)
10/23/20 12:18 pm
If you transitioned any horses to SC/DT since the news post last night, please PM Flash (#2) on FFH or Discord with the ID#s of all horses.
Alex (#165)
10/22/20 10:42 pm
Word scramble hint: 28 & 29 are thematically related but neither involves the word 'laugh'.
Issa (#1)
10/22/20 3:35 pm
4yo+ Horse Trader horses purchased by new players now automatically come with maxed Courage and Consistency.
Issa (#1)
10/22/20 12:58 pm
Since we are down to 2 regions, the top 10 Gold Cup finishers will be eligible for World Championship Festival races. Please remember they will still be subject to standard entry pool regulations if any WCF race ends up with over 20 entries.
Issa (#1)
10/22/20 11:30 am
Sugar Cubes now maintain Rest as well as Energy. Their price has been adjusted accordingly and is now 400 PC.
Issa (#1)
10/21/20 9:22 pm
Final submissions for the contest must be sent to me no later than 9:00am tomorrow morning!
Issa (#1)
10/21/20 11:44 am
There's a pop-up contest happening on Discord! Easy to enter and everyone wins!
Issa (#1)
10/19/20 12:50 pm
The Rest star has been adjusted to be a little easier to follow. The Rest race note has been updated accordingly.
Issa (#1)
10/16/20 5:46 pm
Registered names automatically lock when a horse is sold through sales or auction.
Issa (#1)
10/15/20 4:40 pm
Steeplechase and Driving Trial transitioning is unavailable until further notice.
Issa (#1)
10/11/20 8:03 pm
Several updates have been made to Partnerships. Only yearlings are eligible for partnerships. The limit of partners per horse is now 10 and the limit per year, per stable, is now 60. The payouts have also been adjusted, as listed on the Partnerships page.
Issa (#1)
10/10/20 1:18 pm
World Championship Festival races are moving to December.
Issa (#1)
10/06/20 7:06 pm
Travel outside of region now reduces Rest.
Issa (#1)
10/06/20 6:07 pm
Experience gain from races has been adjusted slightly to have a more flexible sliding scale based upon PR.
Issa (#1)
10/04/20 6:27 pm
Horses will be able to enter either region of Gold Cups this year, regardless of where their primary track is located.
Issa (#1)
10/04/20 10:27 am
Y42 Yearling Sales are open for consignment!